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Urinetown, the Musical

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Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.
Greg Kotis is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, creators of the long-running attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes. Jobey and Katherine, his play about fish, toast, and a love stronger and grimmer than death, enjoyed runs in New York and Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Mark Hollmann attended the Making Tuners Workshop at New Tuners Threatre in Chicago and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. A member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, he lives in Manhattan with his wife.

Praised by critics for reinvigorating the very notion of what a Broadway musical could be, Urinetown, winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, is one of the most distinctive theatrical experiences to hit the Great White Way in recent memory. A grand and winking love letter to the conventions of musical theater and an untempered satire wherein no one is safe from scrutiny, Urinetown depicts a world wracked by ecological disaster, caught in the throes of corporate greed, and ultimately felled by the best intentions. In a Gotham-like city, a depletion of the earth's water supply has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The privilege to pee is regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero has risen who will lead them to freedom.

Included in this edition is a Preface by David Auburn, as well as an Introduction by the show's creators detailing their inspirations and Urinetown's unlikely journey from New York City's Fringe Festival to Broadway sensation.

"A musical for our times . . . Uniquely outrageous."—Michael Kilian, Chicago Tribune

"What kind of musical is this? A fresh, unique, original, impudent, colorful, exciting, irreverent, surprising and wonderful musical, that's all!"—Rex Reed, The New York Observer

"Irreverent [and] nimble . . . Takes every Broadway banality and subverts [it] with refreshing cynicism."—Amy Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal

"Of course, you're not supposed to like that title—that's part of the big, good-natured, and remarkably successful joke that is Urinetown. A terrifically spirited sendup of musicals and their conventions."—Nancy Franklin, The New Yorker

"There simply is no show I've ever seen that gives off such a sense that the creators and perfomers are always on the same page of an elaborate, high-spirited joke, that they are the proud members of a cabal that knows what it takes to make the world a better place and that they are thrilled to share what they know. A sensational piece of performance art, one that acknowledges theater tradition and pushes it forward as well."—Bruce Weber, The New York Times

"Who would have thought that a 1999 Fringe Festival curiosity about ecological disaster, overpopulation and the right to pee would even make it to Broadway, let alone receive ten Tony nominations? . . . Kotis and Hollmann [have] proven that originality and irreverence can thrive on the Great White Way."—Jason Zinoman, Time Out New York

"One of the more original musicals to come along in a long time. The brilliant songs develop the story of corporate oppression and popular revolt and comment on the play itself, in hilariously sardonic homages to the Brecht-Weill canon, upbeat swing numbers and rousing spirituals."—Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

0 "A joyously cynical musical about musicals, whose barbed, knowing wit made me laugh so long and hard that my cheeks were sore all the way home."—Terry Teachout, The Washington Post

"A wild and happy mix of biting satire and loving parody."—Clive Barnes, New York Post

"Sly and funny."—Michael Feingold, The Village Voice

"A delicious piece of self-referential wit . . . Like the best of musicals, it has a serious point to make."—John Fleming, St. Petersburg Times

"A startlingly original musical . . . Sly, wry, and self-aware."—Detroit Free Press

"Urinetown is one of the cleverest, most adroit, funniest and irreverent evenings I've spent in a long season."—Liz Smith

"Elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd. The show winks at everything from Hamlets fathers ghost to West Side Story, from the revolutionary pretensions of Les Mis to the revivalist joy of Guys & Dolls."—Linda Winer, Newsday

Synopsis:

Winner of three Tony Awards, including Best Book, Urinetown is a tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

About the Author

Greg Kotis is a veteran of the Neo-Futurists, creators of the long-running attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes. Jobey and Katherine, his play about fish, toast, and a love stronger and grimmer than death, enjoyed runs in New York and Chicago. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

Mark Hollmann attended the Making Tuners Workshop at New Tuners Threatre in Chicago and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York. A member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, he lives in Manhattan with his wife.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571211821
Preface:
Auburn, David
Preface:
Anburn, David
Author:
Hollmann, Mark
Author:
Hollman, Mark
Author:
Kotis, Greg
Author:
Auburn, David
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Location:
New York
Subject:
American
Subject:
Broadway & Musical Revue
Subject:
Musicals
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Musicals
Subject:
Theater - Broadway & Musical Revue
Subject:
Music-Popular Songbooks
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
03-199
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 Pages of Black-and-White Photographs
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.47 x 0.425 in

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